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ethics awareness t raining
Ethics Awareness Training


  • Required by State Board for Community and Technical Colleges/Carl D. Perkins
  • Referenced in the skills standards for college faculty
ethics d efined
Ethics - Defined
  • From Webster
    • Those values that a person or organization feels are important… proper conduct and appropriate action.
  •  Knowing and doing what is right!
topics to be covered
Topics to be covered

Source: Washington State Ethics Board,

  • Objectivity
  • Selflessness
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
1 objectivity

Public employees must place the public’s interest before any private interest or outside obligation.

Choices need to be made on the merits of the product or skill/knowledge level.

1 objectivity scenario 1
1. OBJECTIVITY – Scenario #1

During a committee meeting focusing on upgrades to the program, an advisory committee member, who owns a local dealership, encouraged the College to purchase equipment from his firm. His company manufactures cutting-edge equipment used by 65 percent of the businesses in the industry. He is making the case that students should be exposed to quality state-of-the-art equipment, which more than half of businesses in the industry are using. The piece of equipment has a 20-year life.

At the end of the meeting, after learning of the College’s dire budget situation, he approaches the instructor and says he is willing to offer the piece of equipment at 25 percent off the going rate. The deal must be accepted within two days as he has only one in stock and another customer already lined up.

1 objectivity scenario 11
1. OBJECTIVITY – Scenario #1
  • Let’s check our awareness.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
1 objectivity scenario 12
1. OBJECTIVITY – Scenario #1
  • Maybe…
    • Yes, if other vendors do not have an opportunity to provide the equipment. The choice or decision on which equipment to purchase will be made on merit – price, availability, quality, etc. so all appropriate vendors must have the opportunity to provide the equipment.
    • No, if the faculty member complies with all regulations and obtains competing bids which are evaluated against the College’s procurement standards.
1 objectivity scenario 2
1. OBJECTIVITY – Scenario #2

At a Welding advisory committee meeting, a former student of the OC Shelton Welding program and a new member of the committee wants to make arrangements with his employer to donate scrap iron for students’ projects. He has been working on a welding project, which his company just finished on Friday. The scrap iron is going to be hauled to a recycling plant for disposal within the next two weeks.

As a successful graduate of the program, he knows that supplies and materials budgets are limited in the Welding program and he sees this as his opportunity to help. A representative from the College will need to come to pick up the supplies and materials and transport them to the campus.

1 objectivity scenario 21
1. OBJECTIVITY – Scenario #2
  • Let’s check our understanding of OBJECTIVITY as related to ethics.
      • Would this be an ethics violation?
1 objectivity scenario 22
1. OBJECTIVITY – Scenario #2
  • No
    • If the company wants to make this donation, the College can accept the donated supplies and materials.
2 selflessness

Public employees should not make decisions in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

2 selflessness scenario 1
2. SELFLESSNESS – Scenario #1

A new advisory committee member, who is regarded as one of the premier tax accountants in the area, calls and reports that she is in a crisis with her cash flow and needs two laptop computers for her staff to use just until April 15.

She observed at a recent advisory committee meeting that the College had laptops that were not being used. She would like to use two -- just during tax season. Today is January 7.

2 selflessness scenario 11
2. SELFLESSNESS – Scenario #1
  • Let’s discuss SELFLESSNESS.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
2 selflessness scenario 12
2. SELFLESSNESS – Scenario #1
  • Yes
    • The person will have a financial benefit from the use of state resources.
2 selflessness scenario 2
2. SELFLESSNESS – Scenario #2

An advisory committee member is planning a major event for his clients and wants to use a classroom/shop space for training. He feels the space should be available at no cost to his company because he has been an avid supporter of the program for years by donating equipment and materials. He has also made a generous donation to the OC Foundation.

2 selflessness scenario 21
2. SELFLESSNESS – Scenario #2
  • So let’s check our understanding.
    • Is this an ethics violation?
2 selflessness scenario 22
2. SELFLESSNESS – Scenario #2
  • Yes
    • The company will benefit financially by using the space which is a state resource. (Check on renting the space)
3 stewardship

Public employees have a duty to conserve public resources and funds against misuse and abuse.

What is a public resource?

Anything purchased or provided by the state:

computers, phones, the internet, vehicles, conference rooms, paper, pens, etc.

3 stewardship scenario 1
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #1

An advisory committee member wants to “sit in” on an Olympic College training that the lead faculty member is offering on a new software program. The advisory committee member has been most generous in hiring OC graduates and promoting the program to colleagues. This is an in-house training for faculty and staff available at no charge.

3 stewardship scenario 11
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #1
  • Let’s check our awareness.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
3 stewardship scenario 12
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #1
  • Yes
    • Allowing the advisory committee member to “sit-in” on the training without paying the required fees would be considered a gift of public resources.
    • Would you answer this differently if the advisory committee member occasionally teaches for the College as an adjunct faculty member?
3 stewardship scenario 2
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #2

A Material Science advisory committee member wants to borrow 3D high-definition projection equipment for private use in her home over the weekend, when College classes are not in session. She tells the instructor that she will return the equipment on Monday.

Her own projection equipment is broken. She had planned on using it during the casino-themed fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that she is hosting at her home over the weekend. By borrowing the College’s projection equipment, she will be able to show the movie Casablanca to her guests.

3 stewardship scenario 21
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #2
  • Let’s measure our awareness.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
3 stewardship scenario 22
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #2
  • Yes
    • Even though there is no financial benefit to the advisory committee member, public employees have a responsibility to take care of College resources to ensure usage for the intended purposes.
3 stewardship scenario 3
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #3

It’s 5:30 pm on a Wednesday night after a Business Technology advisory committee meeting. A committee member needs to find the best way to get to a scheduled event. She doesn’t have adequate time to go home before the event, because the advisory committee meeting lasted longer than expected – there was a lively discussion on new additions to the curriculum. She has the address for the event, but is unfamiliar with the area. Normally, she would call her husband, but he is out of town on business.

The lead faculty of the advisory committee offers the usage of the College’s state-funded computer to access MapQuest and get internet directions.

3 stewardship scenario 31
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #3
  • Let’s check our understanding of STEWARDSHIP.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
3 stewardship scenario 32
3. STEWARDSHIP – Scenario #3
  • No
    • It’s a brief use of state resources.
4 transparency

Public employees must practice open and accountable government.

4 transparency scenario 1
4. TRANSPARENCY – Scenario #1

An advisory committee member has just returned from an awesome technology conference in Hawaii where she stayed at the Grand Waikikian Suites – Hilton. She highly recommends this hotel to the other advisory committee members. She notices that the minutes are being recorded and asks that this recommendation not be included in the minutes.

4 transparency scenario 11
4. TRANSPARENCY – Scenario #1
  • Let’s check our understanding.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
4 transparency scenario 12
4. TRANSPARENCY – Scenario #1
  • No
    • Her recommendation was about lodging/accommodations and would not influence the conduct or running of the program. She asked that the recommendation not be in the minutes because it was her personal feeling and outside the scope of the advisory committee meeting.
4 transparency scenario 2
4. TRANSPARENCY – Scenario #2

A teacher in one of the College’s Professional-Technical programs is rumored to have been placed on leave for inappropriate conduct with a student. At the regularly scheduled advisory committee meeting, the committee members are eager to hear the details regarding the instructor’s actions and his future. At the meeting, a College administrator indicates that no information will be shared. A long-term committee member feels that the College has a responsibility to practice open and accountable government and should share the details surrounding this employee.

4 transparency scenario 21
4. TRANSPARENCY – Scenario #2
  • Let’s check our understanding.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
4 transparency scenario 22
4. TRANSPARENCY – Scenario #2
  • No
    • Personnel matters are confidential.
5 integrity

Public employees should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

5 integrity1

An advisory committee member is the owner of a small local business with 15 employees. With the economic downturn, he has had to layoff 30% of his personnel. The committee member has asked to increase the number of interns referred to his business from 1 per quarter to 4 per quarter. Student evaluations of this employer as an internship site have always been excellent and students consistently rate the learning experience as outstanding and very meaningful. The faculty have always wanted to place more students with this employer.

5 integrity2
  • Let’s check our understanding.
      • Is this an ethics violation?
5 integrity3
  • Yes
      • Even though there’s a desire to increase the number of students in the internship experience both on the employer’s side and the College’s, the employer would benefit financially.

Internship experiences are for educational purposes and should not displace regular employees.

five core principles review
  • Objectivity – Public’s interest first
  • Selflessness – No financial gain
  • Stewardship – Take care of public resources
  • Transparency – Open and accountable
  • Integrity – Adhere to high moral principles and professional standards

Do you have scenarios or situations you’ve experienced that you would like to share with the group for input?

? ? ? ? ?

t h a n k s
T H A N K S!

You are critical to the success of our Professional-Technical programs as you develop your program of work and offer advice on:

  • Community Relations
  • Community Resources
  • Student Organizations
  • Job Placement
  • Staff Development
  • Legislative Process
  • Program Review
  • Recruitment
  • Curriculum Review and Updating